Christine’s son, Mathias
, was just 17 years old when he contracted meningitis. Mathias did not survive. The type of meningitis that ended Mathias’ life far too soon was MenW meningitis – which can be prevented by the MenACWY vaccine
. If Christine and her family had known about the existence of the vaccine, Mathias would likely still be alive today.
Christine’s story proves that vaccines are vital. It also reiterates the equally vital importance of raising awareness – both of meningitis itself, and the vaccines that can help keep it at bay. Teenagers and young adults of Mathias’ age are the second highest at-risk age group for contracting bacterial meningitis, and your donations are urgently needed
to help us raise awareness among this age group.
We know that vaccines are vital
, and we know that you know it too. With your continued support, we will be able to continue fighting for a world where nobody dies due to a vaccine-preventable illness.
Thank you to Lesley, Melanie, Justine, Christine, and all the other individuals who bravely tell their stories to raise awareness. Together, we will defeat meningitis.